Workshop Registration End Date :2024-07-24

Virtual Workshop

Green Catalysts 2024: Innovating Sustainable Solutions from Biomass to Biofuels

Transforming Tomorrow: Catalyzing Sustainable Solutions in Energy and Environment

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Virtual (Google Meet)
Mentor Based
3 Days (1.5 Hours/Day)
Start Date
24 – Jul – 24
02:00 PM IST


Green Catalysts 2024: Innovating Sustainable Solutions from Biomass to Biofuels is an interdisciplinary workshop designed to explore cutting-edge developments in the field of catalysis and biomass conversion for sustainable energy production. Over the course of three days, industry experts, researchers, and practitioners will delve into the science and technology behind renewable energy sources, focusing on the transformation of biomass into biofuels and the reduction of carbon emissions through innovative catalytic methods. The workshop will feature in-depth lectures, dynamic discussions, and practical demonstrations, providing participants with valuable insights into emerging trends and technologies that are shaping the future of green energy and environmental sustainability.


The aim of the workshop is to educate and inspire participants about the latest advancements and techniques in catalysis and biomass conversion. This workshop seeks to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical applications in producing sustainable energy solutions. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the various catalytic and non-catalytic methods for reducing CO2, converting biomass into valuable biofuels like bioethanol, and creating high-value chemicals and materials from renewable resources. Through lectures, discussions, and hands-on sessions, the workshop will equip attendees with the skills and insights needed to contribute to and propel the field of green technology and sustainable development.

Workshop Objectives

  • Educate on Biomass and Renewable Energy: To provide a thorough understanding of biomass as a sustainable energy source, including its types, properties, and applications in generating various forms of renewable energy.
  • Explore Catalytic Methods for Environmental Improvement: To explore both catalytic and non-catalytic methods for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, emphasizing innovative techniques like electrocatalysis and biological conversions.
  • Enhance Skills in Analytical and Characterization Methods: To enhance participant skills in using advanced analytical and characterization methods essential for researching and developing new materials and processes in the biomass and catalysis sectors.
  • Foster Innovation in Bioenergy Applications: To encourage innovation and critical thinking among participants by engaging them in problem-solving sessions focused on optimizing and creating new sustainable solutions for bioenergy.
  • Promote Understanding of Industrial Applications: To promote a deeper understanding of the industrial applications of catalysis and biomass conversion, preparing participants for real-world challenges and opportunities.

Workshop Structure

Day 1: Biomass as a Renewable and Sustainable Energy Source

  • Biomass and Other Energy Sources: A Comparison
    • Comparison with solar, wind, hydrothermal, geothermal, and nuclear energies.
  • Diversity of Biomass
    • Examination of various forms of biomass, including the role of  Carbon dioxide (CO2).
  • Structure and Composition
    • Detailed analysis of lignocellulosic biomass.
  • Biorefinery Concepts
    • Understanding the integrated approach of converting biomass into multiple energy carriers.
  • Introduction to Biofuels
    • Exploring bioethanol and biodiesel production from biomass.

Day 2: Advanced Catalysis for Environmental Sustainability

  • Catalytic and Non-Catalytic Methods for Carbon dioxide (CO2) Reduction
    • Thermodynamic and kinetic constraints.
    • Electrocatalytic conversion using Cu nanoparticles.
    • Borohydrides as reducing agents.
    • Cyanobacteria in CO2 to glycogen conversion.
  • Fermentation to Bioethanol
    • Fermentation of carbohydrates using Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
    • Utilizing solar energy in bioethanol production and separation.
    • Bioethanol for fuel cell applications.
  • Glycerol Conversion to Biochemicals
    • Use of glycerol as a sustainable feedstock.
    • Catalytic methods for producing 1, 3-propane diol.
    • Yeast-catalyzed conversion processes.

Day 3: Catalysis for Biomass Conversion and Fuel Applications

  • Conversion of Biomass to Glucose via Solid Acid Catalysts
    • Microwave techniques for converting cellulose.
    • Utilizing Gallium salt of molybdophosphoric acid and other catalysts.
    • Characterization methods like XRD, TPD, XPS, SEM-EDXA, TEM.
  • Levulinic Acid Production
    • Cotton as a feedstock.
    • Synergistic activities of zinc bromide and Hydrochloric acid (ZnBr2 &HCl).
    • Potential of tungstophosphoric and tungstosilicic acids.
  • Biodiesel Production from Waste Cooking Oil
    • Transesterification processes.
    • SrO based catalysts and SrO-carbon dot composites.
  • Activated Carbon for Fuel Cells
    • Biomass as a source for porous carbon materials.
    • Activation methods and characterization of activated carbon.
    • Application of porous carbon materials in fuel cells.

Participant’s Eligibility

Graduates, Post Graduates, Research Scholars, Academicians, Industry Professionals related to Environmental Science, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, or Renewable Energy.

Important Dates

Registration Ends

Indian Standard Timing 01:00 PM

Workshop Dates

2024-07-24 to 2024-07-26
Indian Standard Timing 02:00 PM

Workshop Outcomes

  • Advanced Catalytic Skills: Acquire advanced skills in the synthesis and application of catalysts, including nanoparticles and solid acids, crucial for innovative CO2 reduction and biomass conversion.
  • Analytical Proficiency: Gain proficiency in modern analytical techniques such as XRD, TPD, XPS, and SEM-EDXA, enabling detailed material characterization and optimization.
  • Biofuel Production Techniques: Master the complete biofuel production cycle, from biomass preprocessing to the fermentation and distillation of bioethanol and biodiesel.
  • CO2 Conversion Strategies: Learn and apply various strategies for the conversion of CO2 into useful products using electrocatalytic and biological methods, enhancing sustainability practices.
  • Process Improvement”: Develop skills in process improvement to increase yield and efficiency in biomass conversion processes using state of the art catalysts and
    experimentation with reaction time, temperature and conditions of activation
  • Renewable Energy Systems Design: Design integrated systems for renewable energy production, combining various biomass-based energy solutions for improved output and sustainability.

Mentor Profile

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Name: Mr. Indraneel Pulidindi
Designation: Consultant
Affiliation: JSCIAR

Dr. Indra Neel Pulidindi is a Scientific consultant at the Jesus’ Scientific Consultancy for Industrial and Academic Research. He received his Ph.D. Degree in Chemistry from IIT Madras in 2010 and earned his postdoctoral research experience (9 years) from the Bar Ilan Univeristy, Israel and the Hanyang University, Korea and the SJTU, China. Subsequently, he has worked as an assistant professor in the department of Chemical Sciences at the GSFCU, Vadodara for 13 months (from 19th September 2022 to 20th October 2023. He has 10 years of experience in the field of research (Catalysis) and teaching (Chemistry). His areas of expertise includes: Electrochemistry, Catalysis, Energy sources. He is the author of three Indian patents, four US patent applications, 50 research papers and 6 books. He is the recipient of the Advanced Scientific brain fellowship from the government of Korea.

Fee Structure


INR. 1399
USD. 50

Ph.D. Scholar / Researcher

INR. 1699
USD. 55

Academician / Faculty

INR. 2199
USD. 60

Industry Professional

INR. 2699
USD. 85


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Future Career Prospects

  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Renewable Energy Engineer
  • Environmental Policy Maker
  • Bioenergy Research Scientist
  • Industrial Process Optimization Engineer

Job Opportunities

  • Renewable Energy Project Manager
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Energy Analyst
  • Biofuels Production Manager
  • Research Scientist (Biomass and Bioenergy)

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